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Master’s Degree in Counseling Program

M.A. Counseling Areas of Emphasis:

  •  Marriage, Family, and Child
  •  Clinical Mental Health

Master's in Counseling Online Program



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Palo Alto University’s master's degree in counseling program prepares students to serve their communities as licensed mental health professionals. This master's in counseling degree can expand career options or retool a career in a profession that makes a difference to the community. The M.A. Counseling program became CACREP accredited in January 2017. 

California graduates of this program can pursue both the Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) licenses. Graduates living in other states can pursue similar licenses (see your state's licensure board regulations for qualifying degree requirements).  

Master's in Counseling On-Campus Program

With residential hybrid (on-campus) and low-residency distance learning (online) options and evening class schedules, the program offers flexibility to students who want to pursue graduate studies without needing to relocate.

This program offers a Master of Arts in Counseling with two areas of emphasis, both preparing students to pursue licensure:

This program focuses on developing and strengthening skills in four core areas: assessment, intervention/counseling, research/critical thinking, and ethics/professional practice.

Mission of the M.A. Counseling Degree Program

The M.A. Counseling program is a diverse and dynamic community dedicated to the development of highly effective mental health counselors, future leaders and innovators in the counseling profession. In and through its training of burgeoning counselors, the program strives to benefit society and reduce human suffering by promoting mental health, wellness, social justice, education, and vocational well-being. The program is committed to five core values: creating and nurturing a diverse and inclusive learning community for all students, faculty, and staff; providing excellent education and clinical supervision for students; promoting healing and empowerment by addressing social privilege and oppression; generating knowledge through research and scholarship of the highest level; and providing services to the local, national and international community informed by science and scholarship.

M.A. Counseling Program Contact and Application Information

Call or email the Master's program staff today to find out more, or apply online.

Location & Online

Palo Alto Campus
1791 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Online Via Live Videoconference
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1791 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Phone: (800) 818-6136 Fax: (650) 433-3888





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